People With WiFi Spend More Time Online

A new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project showed that people with home wireless networks go online more often than those with a wired broadband connection. In a survey of 798 Internet users, 72 percent of WiFi users check their email at least once daily while only 63 percent of wired broadband users do the same. The trend is similar for reading news online. Despite the figure, wireless use remains relatively low — only 19 percent have WiFi connection at home.

The study also indicated that WiFi users are younger (18-49 years of age) than the general Internet population, whose ages range from 30 to 64. More men (56 percent) use WiFi but more women (54 percent) go online. The survey also found that young WiFi users opt for cellphones and laptops to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Of Internet users under the age of 30, laptop and cellphone owners account for 40 percent each and those using PDA with wireless features only make up 17 percent.
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